In its bid to build a better pokedex of ebooks, the state of Illinois has chosen Baker and Taylor's Axis 360 program to supply digital copies to libraries throughout the state. The program, a partnership of the Illinois State Library and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), has been called "groundbreaking."
With the announcement of this "groundbreaking," Illinois has tipped its hand as to its starting stable. The Baker and Taylor addition is clearly an ground-type creature, probably Sandshrew. This news was a revelation to Amazon and Apple, the other major players in the ebook content market, who will now more than likely go with fire and air types, especially since indie-book publisher Smashwords chose Squirtle, a water type, earlier in the year.
What does this mean for the world-wide ebook pokemon competition? Who is to say, but with the starting stable Illinois has made a bold declaration: We are Team Illinois, Illiterate No More.